Sanjoy K. Roy, an entrepreneur of the arts, is Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across 40 cities in countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, including the world’s largest free literary gathering — the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. Roy, a recipient of a National Award for Excellence and Best Director for the film Shahjahanabad: The Twilight Years, is a founder-trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust working to provide support services for street and working children in the inner city of Delhi where over 55,000 children have benefited from education, training and residential services. Roy works closely with various industry bodies on important policy issues within the cultural space in India and is Co-chair of the Art and Culture Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, President of Event and Entertainment Management Association, and part of the Earth Day Network’s official Global Advisory Committee for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.
Nanak Singh's Khooni Vaisakhi
Navdeep Suri in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy and a music rendition by Harpreet
On 13 April 1919, 22-year-old Nanak Singh joined the mass of peaceful protestors agitating against the Rowlatt Act at Jallianwala Bagh. It was a life-changing experience for him: he survived the massacre, unnoticed among the hundreds of corpses, and his poem about the traumatic event, Khooni Vaisakhi, was banned soon after its publication in May 1920. Navdeep Suri, Nanak Singh's grandson, in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy.